I spent some time this week discovering a wonderful community farm. Get in the autumn mood at their upcoming Harvest Festival!

The Allaire Community Farm is staffed by wonderful volunteers and gives back in so many ways big and small. They donate organic produce to a family that has a child with cancer, they bring autistic kids in to touch and ride the animals and have gotten some non-verbal kids to speak, smile, and give hugs for the first time! And the best part is that these animals are rescues!

I have passed by the big red barn on Allaire Road in Wall many, many times. But I always thought it was a private farm. Now I know what beautiful farmland and animals live beyond the road.

If your kids are in the fall spirit of pumpkins, hayrides, and apple cider, and they'd like to pet a pig, Alpaca, sheep and goats, see chickens, take a pony ride, and more, you'll want to stop by the Harvest Festival, taking place on quite a few upcoming weekends.

(Volunteer Denise Gratzel with rescue horse Esther)

On October 11-12, and 18 - 19, and November 15-16 and 22-23, from Noon to 5 pm, for just $10 per person, you'll get a hayride around the farm, a visit with the animals in the petting zoo, your kids will get to choose their pumpkin, and enjoy a cup of apple cider and a donut. (Pony rides are $5 more).

You can also stop by right now to pick up gourds and other fall decorations including corn stalks and straw bales for well under $10 on Fridays 3 pm - 6 pm, and Noon - 5 pm on weekends.

And if you're looking for fresh, organic produce you can take part in their organic co-op and get bins full of the fruits and veggies you know or straight off a farm. This is also a great place to hold your child's birthday pony-ride party, class trips, scouting events, family reunions, and more.

(Lily the pig, photo by liz jeressi)

They offer riding lessons, several girl scout troops come to volunteer to help out with the animals, and you and your group of friends can even schedule a group bonfire. What a great thing to do this time of year!

CLICK HERE for details on the Harvest Festival and other events. Look for the big red barn at 2840 Allaire Road in Wall, across from Wall Intermediate School, at the intersection of Bailey's Corner Road, on the other side of the intersection from the Wall Municipal Complex. Or call 732-859-1511.

For more information on Allaire Community Farm, or to volunteer or make a donation, CLICK HERE.

(Volunteer Denise feeds some of the animals. Photo by liz jeressi)